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Alder Patrick Heck

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Alder Patrick Heck

Contact Information

Home Address:

123 N. Blount St #303

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Heck’s Updates

Updates & Week of Oct. 7 Meetings of Interest for District 2

October 5, 2019 5:47 PM

District 2 Updates & Meetings of Interest

Dane County Fire Truck Parade on State State - Sunday, Oct. 6

Help kick off National Fire Prevention Week at the annual Dane County Fire Truck Parade! Join us along State Street for the parade starting at 1pm, then stop by the Capitol Square to tour fire trucks from across Dane County. The Fire Truck Parade is brought to you by the Dane County Fire Chiefs Association and the City of Madison Fire Department. Details here.

UW Homecoming Parade and Fireworks on Oct. 11

As part of UW-Madison's upcoming Homecoming celebration, the Wisconsin Union, will hold a fireworks display over Lake Mendota beginning between approximately 8:50 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. If you have any questions about the fireworks display, please contact
The Homecoming Parade will also be on Friday, Oct. 11. In District 2, State Street west of Broom St, and W. Gilman from Wisconsin Ave. to State St. will be closed from 5:00-7:30pm. Langdon St. will be closed from 4:00-8:00pm as will the 500 blocks of N. Carroll and N. Henry Streets. Full route map and closure details available here.
PREPARING FOR FREAKFEST: Oct. 11 Public Information Meeting

Downtown business and property owners are invited to attend to learn more about this annual event and its impact on the downtown. Representatives from the event organizers, city staff and Madison Police will be on hand.

     Friday, October 11 at 10am
     122 W Washington Ave. 
     1st Floor Conference Room
FreakFest Event:
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7pm 
Learn more on the Facebook Event or Website.

Oct. 16 Community Meeting at The Beacon

The Beacon is hosting its second community meeting of the year on Wednesday, October 16th, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at The Beacon, 615 E. Washington Ave. Beacon staff will lead the meeting, presenting a summary of their operations and services in support of the day resource center for those experiencing homelessness, as well as taking input from attendees. All are invited.

Update on Salvation Army Redevelopment Proposal
The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association Council will be considering the TLNA Steering Committee report on the Salvation Army redevelopment proposal at their Oct. 10 meeting, 7pm, at Festival Foods. Visit the TLNA Development website to stay up to speed. So far, these city committees are scheduled to consider the redevelopment:
  • Urban Design Commission - Oct. 16
  • Plan Commission - Oct. 28

Later in November/December, Common Council is expected to consider the requested $1 million award from the City's Affordable Housing Fund that would support the affordable housing component of the proposal. It is also likely that another committee or two will consider that award once introduced to Common Council. The Dane County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider any Salvation Army funding for the affordable housing component through their budgeting process. If you have input on the proposal, feel free to email me. I plan to share all input with my fellow alders, the Mayor's office, and city departments.

Oct. 21 Neighborhood Meeting on Langdon Street Development Proposal

As District 2 Alder, I am hosting a neighborhood meeting to discuss a development proposal on Langdon Street. All are invited to attend, including nearby District 8 neighbors. Core Spaces (formerly Core Campus) is proposing an apartment building on the site of the recently demolished "The Langdon" apartments at 126 Langdon St. The proposed building will have 5 stories along Langdon with 7 stories behind. The Langdon Street section would extend into the former parking lot that was between The Langdon and Alpha Chi Omega while the taller rear section would be approximately in the footprint of the demolished building. Plans are for about 124 apartments with 300+ beds and 5th floor rooftop amenities, including a swimming pool. There would be parking for 20 cars underneath. Meeting details:

Monday, Oct. 21, 7:00-8:30pm
The Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street

Fall Leaves/Yard Waste Collection Continues

Curbside leaf and yard waste collection for the fall is underway. Details can be found here. Residents have two options to learn when they should place yard waste to the curb for pick up.

Option 1: View the Map
The online map is updated at the end of each workday. Residents who use the map should check it regularly to learn when to place material out for collection.
Option 2: Call the Hotline
A recorded hotline is available to hear collection time estimates to determine when to place yard waste to the curb. The recording also details leaf and yard waste collection rules. The number is 608-267-2088. The hotline is updated weekly.


More Details on How to Place Yard Waste for Collection can be found here. Please separate yard waste & leaves from brush. They will not collect mixed piles.

Keep Streets Leaf-free
Leaves and yard waste contain phosphorus. When it rains, water flows through leaf piles in streets creating a phosphorus rich "leaf tea" that travels through storm drains to our lakes. The excess phosphorus leads to toxic algae blooms, low oxygen levels, and green murky water in our lakes - none of which are good for animals living in the water or those who use our lakes for recreation. Plus, leaf and yard waste piles can wash into the storm drains and clog them, which can lead to street ponding. 
Additional Information 
There are multiple opportunities to learn more about proper yard waste management. Residents can consult this brief guide about other ways to protect our lakes by keeping the streets leaf-free. The Ripple Effects website has detailed information about leaf management and other important storm water issues.  On the Ripple Effects website, you can sign up to receive text or email alerts on when the street gutter should be raked in advance of a rainstorm to prevent a releasing nutrients into the storm water system.

East Johnson Street Reconstruction Update: Ped/Bike Shift Next Week

During the week Oct. 7 the reconstruction project will switch to Phase 4. In this phase, the pedestrian and bicycle path along the north and south sides of the street will be open between Baldwin and Thornton Streets, but not on the Yahara River bridge. The underpass will remain open. Several crossings of Johnson will be available for pedestrians and cyclists, including at Baldwin, Fordem and First Streets. Phase 4 pedestrian and bike routes are detailed here.
Jeremy Nash at City Traffic Engineering continues to address issues related to signage and traffic calming measures during reconstruction. You can also sign up for email updates on the project at the main project site.
Thanks to all for their patience with this important project. The nearby streets and neighborhoods have seen a great deal of impact from cut-through traffic and rude drivers, but fortunately this should be ending later in November, assuming the wet weather has not slowed progress. 

How to Comment Effectively on the F-35s (Nov. 1 Deadline)

Per the request of our US Representative Mark Pocan, our WI State Representative Chris Taylor, Alder Rebecca Kemble, and others, the Air Force has extended the public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the F-35 beddown at Truax Field. The comment deadline is now Nov. 1.

The National Guard Bureau prepared a Draft EIS to evaluate the potential environmental consequences from the proposed stationing of 18 F-35A aircraft at both Madison and Montgomery, Alabama. If you want to comment on the Draft EIS, keep in mind that the Air Force will consider only "substantive" comments. Voicing your opposition (or support) as a general matter will have little impact.

What Are Substantive Comments?
Please visit this site: where advice is offered on how to form a substantive comment. There you will also find links for submitting those comments. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a comment is substantive if it points out deficiencies in the Draft EIS. Safe Skies Clean Waters Wisconsin provides a number of pointers on how to do that and how to comment effectively.
Note that NEPA doesn't forbid agencies from engaging in environmentally harmful actions. It just requires that the EIS fully explores those effects, which is why comments in this context should focus on inadequacies in the EIS. You also should contact our federal and state political representatives.


City Meetings of Interest to District 2

Below are some pertinent agenda items from various city committees that are meeting this week.

The city meeting agenda items are open for testimony from the public should you be interested in weighing in. I also appreciate hearing from you on any items on which you have a particular interest or concern so please send me an email or give me a call.

Also, committees and commissions have an opportunity at the beginning of each agenda for Public Comment on items not on the agenda. If you have something you want to share with a committee or commission, you can use the Public Comment time to do so

Finance Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building


Agenda Item 5
Amending the 2019 Adopted Operating Budget to appropriate $39,000 of federal funding in the Streets Division and Approving the City's acceptance of the US Environmental Protection Agency's "Supporting Local Infrastructure for Anaerobic Digestion" grant to study feasibility of developing a regional anaerobic digester; authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute any documents accepting the grant award. (16th AD)

Agenda Item 6
Authorizing the City to accept a $20,000 grant from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, Inc (known as the CFE Fund) to create a community-wide financial empowerment strategy; authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a contract with the CFE Fund to receive funds and implement the project; and amending the Operating Budget of the Community Development Division as appropriate to receive and expend $20,000 in funds to manage and implement the project.
Agenda Item 7
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to sign a contract amendment with Tenant Resource Center to use an additional $40,000 in state EHH funds
Agenda Item 8
Awarding up to $3.225 million from the Affordable Housing Fund and $900,000 in Federal HOME funds to support three affordable housing development projects, selected through a City Request for Proposals (RFP) process, that will construct approximately 200 units of affordable rental housing in Madison, and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute loan agreements with the developers of those projects.
Agenda Item 9
Accepting the recommendations of the Community Development Division (CDD) Community Services Committee regarding the allocation of City funds, beginning in 2020, for non-neighborhood center-based School-Age Child and Youth Development programs.
Agenda Item 10
Accepting the recommendations of the Community Development Division (CDD) Conference Committee regarding the allocation of City funds, beginning in 2020, for neighborhood center "Center Support" payments and for payments to neighborhood centers that support School-Age Child and Youth Development programs.
Agenda Item 11
Authorizing a long-term advance from the General Fund to the Golf Enterprise Fund to provide sufficient cash to meet ongoing expenses and obligations.
Agenda Item 12
Creating Sec. 12.177 of the Madison General Ordinances to establish a City of Madison motor vehicle registration fee.

When the Finance Committee considers the following matter, it may go into closed session pursuant to sec. 19.85(1)(e), Wis. Stats., which reads as follows: Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session. If the Finance Committee does go into closed session, notice is hereby given pursuant to sec. 19.85(2), Wis. Stats., that it may reconvene in open session without waiting 12 hours as specified in the statute.

Agenda Item 13
Judge Doyle: Negotiating Team Progress Report


Agenda Item 14
2020 Executive Operating Budget
Finance Committee: Agenda
4:30pm, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
Rm 215 Madison Municipal Building

SPECIAL MEETING: Joint Meeting with Dane County Board of Supervisors Personnel and Finance Committee

In the event a quorum of the Finance Committee is not present, those members of the Board who are present will participate in the meeting of the County Finance Committee, even if they constitute a negative quorum of the Board.


Discussion of the 2020 Budget of the Department of Public Health for Madison and Dane County.


City-County Homeless Issues Committee : Agenda
6:30pm, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
Rm 206 Madison Municipal Building


1. City County Homeless Issues Committee 2020 Budget Listening Session

2. Discussion and Possible Recommendations Regarding Public Comment From the Committee Budget Listening Session

3. Discussion and Possible Recommendations Regarding the 2020 City of Madison and Dane County Budgets

4. Discussion and Possible Recommendations Regarding the July 2019 Point in Time Memo Presentation


1. July 2019 Point in Time Memo, Sarah Lim, City of Madison Community



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